it is advisable to know how to recognize this plant if you like swimming in the sea because the Ipomoea pes-caprae can cure you of a jellyfish sting.
The Ipomoea pes-caprae is a creeping vine of the Convolvulaceae family that colonizes beaches in tropical regions.
Description of the Ipomoea pes-caprae
Thai name: Phak bung thalé (ผักบุ้งทะเล)
Other names: Durand potato, seaside potato, beach morning glory, goat’s foot
It is a vine that grows on the surface of the soil and extends its long creeping stems, which can range from 5 to 30 m long.
It attaches itself to the sand by roots developed at the knots and forms large thick mats on land suitable for its development, helping to stabilize the soil.
The 5 to 6 cm large flower is pink with purple spots and only blooms for one day.
The Ipomoea pes-caprae is found on the beaches of tropical areas of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans.
Medicinal properties of Ipomoea pes-caprae
The young crushed leaves make it easier to extract sea urchin spines.
In many countries, Ipomoea pes-caprae is a remedy against inflammation, colic, gonorrhea, and pain.
Brazilian researchers have shown that methanolic extract from the aerial parts has significant antinociceptive activity (which inhibits pain sensitivity).
Ipomoea pes-caprae to treat jellyfish bites
This plant, which is found on many beaches in Thailand, also has the useful property to swimmers, of relieving jellyfish bites.
If you have been stung, take a few leaves, crush them, and apply the paste to the affected area.
Source: wikipedia.org; www.mi-aime-a-ou.com Photos: 1. Patrice78500 ; 2. B.navez ; 3. Pierreto
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